The Night Horseman (1921)

Genres - Romance, Western  |  
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Based on the cerebral Wild Geese by Max Brand, this oater proved to be a rather uneasy vehicle for the era's most popular Western star, the genial Tom Mix. The day before he is to marry the lovely Kate Cumberland (May Hopkins), Whistling Dan (Mix) is led astray by a flock of wild geese. The trail leads the young man to a saloon where he is forced to fight the hulking Jerry Strann (Captain C.E. Anderson). Strann is wounded, but instead of fleeing, Dan stays to take care of the man, knowing full well that Jerry's brother Mac (Bert Sprotte) is out for revenge. Mac, however, attacks instead the Cumberland spread, killing Dan's faithful dog. Dan tracks down Mac but is dissuaded from killing him by Kate. An unusually low-key film for the gregarious Mix, The Night Horsemen co-starred May Hopkins, a Norwegian-born Broadway comedienne best known to movie audiences for impersonating Will Rogers' niece in Boys Will Be Boys (1921). Despite glowing reviews, The Night Horseman proved to be Hopkins' final film.

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goose, horseman, marriage, weapons, wild [undomesticated]